I don’t know how we all lived before the internet came along. It’s funny to think back and realize that as short as five years ago it wasn’t the mainstay it is now. Now I use the internet more than I use the television and telephone combined.
So you think I’d know by now that the internet, while full of valuable information and great resources, is also full of half-truths and wackjobs. This especially seems to be true whenever I look around for info about endometriosis. I’ve found a lot of great articles that help me to get a grip on what I’m fighting with, blogs of other survivors, support groups, etc. But I’ve also found a steady barrage of alarmist propaganda.
I just read one article, on a very professional looking website with a very easy address – two factors that usually help you weed out the crazies (I’m not going to lose much sleep over information I find at a geocities site.), that detailed the dangers of xenoestrogens and how to avoid them. Want to know how you avoid these chemicals that will give you breast cancer and endometriosis? You never touch anything plastic ever again, load up on vitamins to protect yourself, stop using soap and any hygiene products, and only eat organic food.
Or in other words, drop out of society and become a hermit. Because maybe your natural odor smells like roses, but if I stop using soap and deodorant, no one’s coming near me.
As much as the article bugged me with its fearmongering in support of natural progesterone and book sales, it’s probably not wrong. I too find it more than coincidental that all of a sudden endo is everywhere with more people keeling over every day, breast cancer rates rising and girls beginning puberty younger and younger every year. I understand how polluted our planet is becoming and realize that there must be a toll on our bodies. So let’s publish the studies and make manufactures responsible for the products they use, instead of scaring the poor women struggling to live through this disease.